• Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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BANGABANDHU AND LAPSES IN HIS SECURITY

Cover Story

Published Date: August 15, 2014
BANGABANDHU AND LAPSES IN HIS SECURITY

The assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family on 15 August 1975 remains testimony to the woeful absence of security around the president. All these years after the tragedy, the significant question remains: why were the intelligence agencies of the government in absolute ignorance of what was afoot? National Security Intelligence,...

  

Current Affairs

Published Date: August 15, 2014
SCUM POLICY

SCUM POLICY

Two weeks ago Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali had news to break. On July 20 he told journalists present at an inter-ministerial meeting at his secretariat office that a law was being formulated to make sure that the electronic media didn't have any freedom. He broke the news to warn journalists whom...

Cover Story

Published Date: August 8, 2014
A PRECARIOUS BALANCE

A PRECARIOUS BALANCE

A large number of people and some of the world's rarest species are dependent on the Sundarbans for their survival. But with increasing human intrusion and dependence on the forest, the ecological balance of the world's largest mangrove forest is at stake. Before emptying herself into the Bay of Bengal the mighty Ganges creates...

Current Affairs

Published Date: August 8, 2014
Target: Dhaka

Target: Dhaka

If a government is able to keep the capital city under its control, the possibility for its survival remains high even in the face of vigorous agitations outside the capital by opposition parties. History tells us that the fall of the capital brings an end to a regime, opening the door for the...

Musings

Published Date: July 25, 2014
When Powerful Men Kill . . .

When Powerful Men Kill . . .

Benjamin Netanyahu is not the first politician or government figure to have taken pleasure in murdering innocent men, women and children. There was Ariel Sharon before him. On Sharon's watch, hundreds of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps were killed in 1982. And yet Sharon went on to become Israel's prime minister. The world simply forgot that he was a murderer, just as the world today ignores the criminality Netanyahu is applying in Gaza. Of course, there is the most notorious murderer of modern times in Adolf Hitler. He not only ravaged the countries his army occupied but also made sure that people who did not have what...

Fiction

Published Date: July 25, 2014
A STORY CAN CURE YOUR AILMENT

A STORY CAN CURE YOUR AILMENT

Shrief told Arif about the Pandooa, the river ghost. Arif laughed, 'How superstitious people are in this village!' Arif lived in the city of Patna. He had been visiting his native village Alipura after five years, where his uncle lived. Shrief, his cousin, a tall, fair Pathan, had spent all his 25 years in this...

Cover Story

Published Date: July 18, 2014
BRAVING THE BUSINESS WORLD

BRAVING THE BUSINESS WORLD

Remember the Harvard University dropout, the guy with the neatly combed hair, a pair of specs and a smile glued to his face? A failed business called Traf-O-Data, his inexperience, endless doubt - nothing could stop this young man from chasing his dream and his passion for computer programming. The result of his...

Special Feature

Published Date: July 18, 2014
COURAGE UNDER FIRE

COURAGE UNDER FIRE

A girl is kidnapped and raped in a posh area of the city. Another is forcibly picked up some steps ahead of a prestigious hotel. A young man gets shot trying to prevent goons from abducting a woman. Another other is threatened at knife point to hand over all his belongings. What is...

Tribute

Published Date: July 18, 2014
The Unsung Hero

The Unsung Hero

It was like the scene of a typical football match recently played by Brazil. Within less than half an hour Chinese players devastated the Indian football team with three goals. The helpless Indian defenders could do nothing to prevent the fast and furious Chinese strikers. In the dug- out, six feet tall man with a stout physique was seeing how his team was being demolished. He was in the Indian team but could not join the match because of an injury. Seeing his team's helpless condition, he requested the coach to take him into the field. He promised the coach that within 15 minutes he would make four goals and...

Cover Story

Published Date: July 11, 2014
HOWDY NEIGHBOUR?

HOWDY NEIGHBOUR?

Be it the technological advancement, or our modern day belief in individualism or simply our fear and hesitation in knowing new people, we often prefer staying out of reach in our neighbourhood. This week the Star explores the beauty of befriending your neighbours and helps you feel at home in your community. In...